the lakehouse weekend part 2

July 6, 2010 |  Category:   friends holidays life travels


I could use a jump in the lake right about now. Do you know that NY is going through one of the worst heat waves in history? People, today was 100 degrees. That is actual temps. Even at 2am last night the temperature hovered near 90.

The weekend seems so far away, but it was only 2 days ago. We’re back to the daily grind of hectic mornings getting the kids to camp, work meetings and deadlines and rides on cramped subways to Manhattan. I look at these pictures and will treasure that weekend. I found an old post that Sara wrote earlier this year where she talks about the lake house among her other favorite things, and feel even more privileged to have spent time at a place steeped in such family history. Thank you Sara, Thor and Henry for inviting us in.

There was a moment during the weekend when Sara and I both admitted that we were a wee bit nervous about meeting each other for the first time. After all, someone’s online persona may not be what they are like in real life. There’s always that chance you’ll be disappointed or let down. I think this is why I feel a little bit awkward when I meet blog readers. I usually feel like a dork and don’t know what to say. I’m more anti-social and private than perhaps I might appear online (or maybe you can tell). But you also have a gut feeling for these things and in the past, I have had very good luck meeting people who have become such awesome, trustworthy friends in real life.

You take a chance and sometimes what you gain is worth its weight in gold.

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  • Lara Sopchak July 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Oh wow, that bow just kills me! She’s adorable.

  • mau July 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

    oh jenna, she’s so sweet! the way she closed her eyes while doing the bow! 😀 your kids are adorable! and if if makes you feel better, we have those temperatures everyday all summer each year here 🙁 plus, it’s quite humid which makes us need showers an average of three times a day. that’s why i love winter.

  • elaineganmaclaine July 7, 2010 at 1:01 am

    lol, love the photo of your little one looking drained while canoeing/kayaking… 🙂

  • Roos July 7, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Hi Jenna,
    What a fab trip to the lake you all had! And how nice to meet your “online friends” and find out that they are nowhere near a let down!
    If you and your family ever plan to visit Amsterdam (or somewhere near in Europe), please feel free to write to me. I don’t have a lake at my disposal though 😉

  • Shokoofeh July 7, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Hi. This is Shokoofeh. Found your blog yesterday and I am so loving it! 🙂

  • Wiebke with Pauli and Liv July 7, 2010 at 3:26 am

    … what a wonderful trip and time for you… the “bow” is magical little lady… lovely wishes from us Wiebke+Paulien

  • sabine July 7, 2010 at 8:26 am

    every time i come back to your blog i am stunned how beautiful your photos are!
    i hope it is not that hot anymore.

  • Adele {modernemotive} July 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

    You captured the essence of the lake house perfectly. I can almost imagine it in real life.

    I’m really nervous about meeting online friends too. In fact, I met one last night. We talk constantly online and as soon as we met in person, after the initial shyness of 5 minutes, you would of thought we’d known each other for years.

  • ABC Dragoo July 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

    What a wonderful memory for you and your family. This lake house looks amazing, nestled against the shore in the woods.

    Beautiful photograph of the tools. Love the color.
    xxABCD

  • Jenny N. July 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Mmm, is that gal-bi? It looks yummmmmy!

  • Sara Jensen July 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I think that we might need to make a plan to have you guys all come up at least once a year. We loved having you.

  • Jane July 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I thought of your blog when I saw a news article about NYC breaking their record for highest temperature 🙁 In my city, if we get above 30 degrees celsius there’s widespread panic (very few people have air conditioning in their homes), and I cannot imagine 39 degrees (roughly 103) which I’ve seen posted for NYC and other east coast places. Make sure to drink lots and lots of water!!!

  • .amanda July 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    ahhh the way in which claudine just sticks her tough out in concentration as she does her “bow” is just priceless. a really sweet slice of life!

  • .amanda July 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    excuse me tongue, not tough…the heat in Pa is also messing with my head…

  • Cynthia July 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Wow, I’ve really enjoyed your two part blog on the weekend at the lake. You look like a featured family in a travel article for the New York Times! It looks so relaxing and just the tonic for getting out of the city and enjoying nature and new friends 🙂 I really like the two wash bowls with the cup of toothbrushes…it’s like a modern day version of the old days.

  • H.Johnson July 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Hi there, came across your site recently and love it! Could you tell me where your daughter’s hand puppets are from, if you don’t mind me asking.. I saw them and just know my 1 1/2 year old baby girl would just love them~*

  • gizella July 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    your kids are elfin magic…thank you so much for sharing your life with the internets

  • rita July 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    beautiful photos. love the pac nw. jealous……

  • Jenna July 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    rita, this is upstate ny! we’ll be in the nw next month

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